Argumentum Ad Verecundiam

Disciplines: Latin, Logic

Also known as: argument from authority, appeal to authority

A logical fallacy where a statement is supported by quoting the concordant views of a person or institution that is often deemed an expert in the subject matter. The fallacy stems from the assumption that the quoted authority is always right.

The verbatim translation of the phrase is "argument from respect".

The logic of argumentum ad verecundiam operates in three basic steps:
(1) A says that p is true.
(2) A is an expert in that field.
(3) Therefore, p is true.

Also see:

· logical fallacy


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